Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication Date: January 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover, 318 Pages
ISBN-10: 0525478817 (Dutton/Penguin)
ISBN-13: 978-0525478812 (Dutton/Penguin)
Reviewed by: Bridget
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
Quick & Dirty: Beautiful heartfelt story that was an epic journey of love, loss, and humor. This has quickly become one of my all time favorite contemporary reads.
Opening Sentence: Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time thinking about death.
Hazel Grace Lancaster was diagnosed with cancer when she was 13 years old. It was terminal from the beginning and she knew that she was a ticking time bomb. But when it looked like the end was near she was given a miracle drug that surprisingly shrank her tumors and stopped them from growing. She is 17 years old and living with cancer. She isn’t healed, but at the moment there is no threat of her dying. Her parents want her to live a somewhat normal life so they make her go to a cancer support group where she meets the gorgeous Augustus Waters.
Augustus Waters was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, which is a form of bone cancer. He had to have his leg amputated, but he has been cancer free for the last 18 months. He went to the cancer support group to help a friend and when he sees Hazel for the first time he can’t seem to keep his eyes off her. Hazel and Augustus quickly become friends. They bond over books, cancer, and this is their epic love story!!!
Hazel hasn’t been living life since she found out she was going to die. Yes, she is still alive but she just mostly goes through the motions. It’s not that she’s not grateful; it’s just that she doesn’t really see the point until she meets Augustus. I completely adored Hazel, she has a wonderful dry sense of humor and is very smart. I also love that she loves to read, we have that in common!!! Even though she doesn’t have the brightest future ahead of her, she never seems to be negative about it. Instead, she has excepted her life and is trying to be as positive as she can. She was a wonderful character and I enjoyed every minute of her amazing story.
Augustus was so easy to fall in love with. He is determined to really live his life since he got a second chance and once he meets Hazel he knows that she is going to be a part of it. He has this adorable way of being persistent and making Hazel see that life is so much more than her cancer. He is funny, smart, good looking, and just an all around great guy. I really admired him and thought that he is a very swoon worthy boy!
This was just a fantastic book that everyone should pick up. Going into this book, I was expecting a really heart wrenching story about a girl struggling with cancer, but what I got was a beautiful story about a girl that gets to experience life for the first time. Yes, Hazel has cancer and until she meets Augustus she has pretty much let it consume her life. But he is able to open her eyes and show her that life really is worth living. It was full of humor and plenty of adorable romantic moments. The cynical banter between Hazel and Gus was so fun and I found myself laughing way more than crying in this book. That’s not to say that I didn’t cry because I did, but Green did such a phenomenal job making you feel an abundance of different emotions throughout the book. I really enjoyed all the literary references that Green used, it made it easier for me to connect with the characters on a deeper level, because I also have a great love of reading. Yes, this book has two characters that have suffered from cancer, but that is in no way what this story is about. It’s about falling in love and living your life to the fullest because you never know when your last day is going to come. The story was full of hope, heartache, love, humor and honesty, I fell completely in love with everything about this book. For anyone that hasn’t read this book you really should, it has become one of my all-time favorite YA contemporary books.
“I’m in love with you,” he said quietly.
“Augustus,” I said.
“I am,” he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. “I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sub will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”
FTC Advisory: Dutton/Penguin provided me with a copy of The Fault in Our Stars. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.